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Few writers portray Native American life and history as richly, authentically, and insightfully as Robert J. Conley. Conley represents an important voice of the Cherokee past. The novels in his Real People series combine powerful characters, gripping plots, and vivid descriptions of tradition and mythology to preserve Cherokee culture and history. War Woman spans the late 1500s to mid-1600s.
War Woman, a brave, headstrong, clever Cherokee, is believed by many in her town to be a witch. Having heard stories about the Spanish, and believing there is great profit to be made by trading with them, she leads a small band of youths on the treacherous road to La Florida. This journey, blessed with success and marred by terrible tragedy, marks the beginning of War Woman's own personal journey as she leads her people by example and by guidance through terrifying times.
Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America's foremost
comic writers. "True Grit" is his most famous novel--first
published in 1968, and the basis for the movie of the same name
starring John Wayne. It tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just
fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney
shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his
life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. Mattie leaves home to
avenge her father's blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the
meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the
homicide into Indian Territory.
Caleb didn't expect to find her in the midst of crime. Stumbling upon a horse theft in the west is plenty wild for this cowboy - until he meets the fierce, talented, equine veterinarian. Between her keen, skillful healing and his adept command of the saddle, their comradery rescues horses across the desert. Their mutual admiration grows. With a demanding duty to protect the beautiful beasts they love, this duo must let nothing distract them. But can they keep their growing attraction fenced in? Or will they let the passion between them run untamed?
A fist fight, a mysterious letter, and a dangerous pursuit come together in a thrilling Western tale. It all begins with a brutal fight between Jake Barry and Ted Wayne. Jake Barry, the instigator, demands gun play, but Ted Wayne refuses and settles the matter with his fists. The beating humiliates Jake Barry and he vows to get even, this time with guns. Ted doesn't even know why there had to be a fight at all. Ted's girl, Polly Arnold, witnesses the fight and starts to have mixed feelings about Ted. Ed Wayne, Ted's father and owner of the affluent Whippoorwill ranch, refuses to listen to his son's account of the affair. As far as Ed is concerned, this is just another in a string of scrapes his son has been in, which are damaging his son's chances of ever taking over ownership of the Whippoorwill. In an effort to see Ted redeem himself, Ed sends his son on a secret mission to the tough town of Rainbow to locate one Jim Hunter. To help Ted in this quest, his father gives him two letters of introduction, one to Miles Henseler, owner of The Three Colors, a gambling resort in Rainbow, and the other to a Mortimer G. Webb. At The Three Colors, Ted delivers his letter to Henseler, the contents of which he knows nothing about. Henseler gives Ted cryptic advice: go to bed and leave the rest to him. When a somewhat disappointed Ted reaches his hotel, a man that fits the description of Jim Hunter quickly eludes him. It is the beginning of what will prove to be a very dangerous pursuit. . . . Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction that takes place in the old West. Westerns books about outlaws, sheriffs, chiefs and warriors, cowboys and Indians are a genre in which we publish regularly. Our list includes international bestselling authors like Zane Gray and Louis L'Amour, and many more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
'It's as if Herman Melville had navigated the American West, instead of the ocean.' The Nation
Håkan Söderström is a man who has become a legend. Giant in size, rumoured to be bloodthirsty and fearless, he is known simply as the Hawk .
But behind this myth is a tale of longing and survival. As a young man he is sent from Gothenburg with his brother Linus, to seek their fortunes in New York. In the chaos of the port, he is separated from Linus and finds himself instead on a ship bound for California. Determined to find Linus, Håkan sets out on a journey east, moving against the tide of history, experiencing the Gold Rush and its effects, encountering capitalists and colonialists, explorers and early scientists, and witnessing the formation of America and the betrayal of its dream.
This is the story of a stranger in a strange new land, looking out onto the vast landscape in confusion, fear and wonder. As Håkan confronts desert and mountains, heat and ice, he is thrown between the threat of violence and devastating loneliness - all the while keeping the image of his brother, and the hope of companionship, in the distance.
'A gritty, dreamy anti-western western... Surreal, cerebral, and affecting beyond what I thought possible.' LitHub
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